Title: Taking Tom Murray Home
Authors: Slee, Tim
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 288
Year: 2109
Language: English
Description: Tom has had enough. Rather than hand over the farm to the bank, he'd prefer to burn it to the ground. Unfortunately, he dies in the resulting blaze and now his family - Dawn and the twins, Jenny and Jack - want to take him back to Melbourne where he was born. But a horse + cart + coffin = a slow, slow journey from rural Victoria to the Big Smoke. Along the way there will be plenty of time to draw attention to the plight of farmers, plenty of time for trouble to find them too, dogging the progress of their eclectic procession.

Told from Jack's fresh perspective, this is an entertaining and thought-provoking read that highlights the tough realities of Australian rural life and affirms the power of community standing together.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I can see why it won the Banjo prize - it's an unusual tale and will be a great book to discuss."

"Each of the main characters attract sympathy as well as being interesting."

"A very topical book with the current environmental disasters experienced in Australia."

"An entertaining and thought-provoking read on several levels: the plight of the farmers, the willingness of many folk to join in at personal and career cost, and coping with grief."

"I really enjoyed the description of the Australian community and the Australian voice was clearly recognisable with words like 'cop' and 'yeah'."

"The story is written with humour and Australian wit against the background of the tragedy in the farming community."
Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Family Saga, Grief/loss, Humour, Young narrator, Australia, 2021 Titles


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